“My boss wouldn’t pay for the program, so I footed the bill… When he noticed my increased productivity, creativity and infectious positive attitude, guess what? The company reimbursed me. The ROI was that obvious.”
Have you ever been in a boring, dead-end job?
Scott felt pigeon-holed in his current position and couldn’t see a way out or any hope for improvement.
I knew I wasn’t working to my full potential. I wasn’t challenged, yet I knew there was something more out there.
When I first proposed the idea of taking the Ignition series, my boss wouldn’t pay for the program, so I footed the bill. Evidently, my renewed enthusiasm was pretty obvious because when he noticed my increased productivity, creativity and infectious positive attitude, guess what? The company reimbursed me! The ROI was that obvious.
Before, I identified myself through my job as opposed to my talents and capabilities. Today, I look at myself much more broadly and understand how I can add value wherever I go.
Value That Lasts: An update from Scott
It’s been over a year since the Ignition series ended and the company that sponsored me is going through some major changes. Now, I am responding with excitement and confidence to a recent layoff announcement instead of the panic and fear I see all around me. I see it as a gift of time to pursue what else I’ve identified as what I want.
One of the things I did as a part of the Alumni (program) was to create a personal Board of Directors. Feeling mutual respect from people I admire is so rewarding. I am job-hunting with more confidence than I would have before. I understand more of what I want, what I have to offer and how to be successful.